Odds, Picks and Predictions
- The Oakland Athletics are 53-51 against the run line so far this season.
- The Los Angeles Angels are 46-56 against the run line so far this year.
- The Athletics are 34-20 against the run line when playing on the road.
- The Angels are 24-29 against the run line when playing at their home ballpark.
- Oakland is 50-43 against the run line as an underdog this year.
- Los Angeles is 27-34 against the run line as a favorite this year.
The Los Angeles Angels (44-59) prepare to host the Oakland Athletics (39-66) in Anaheim on Wednesday.
The Angels took Game One of this series but have labored as of late. They had won just two of their past five games overall prior to Tuesday’s victory. The good news for Angels fans is that the team did not trade Shohei Ohtani ahead of the trade deadline.
However, they did trade Raisel Iglesias and Noah Syndergaard.
Meanwhile, the Athletics dealt players such as Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino. But the A’s are 3-3 over the course of their past six contests. They will look to upset the odds in Anaheim on Wednesday night.
The first pitch is scheduled for 6:38 PM PST on Wednesday, August 3rd, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Odds
The Angels enter this ball game as favorites. Whenever Shohei Ohtani (9-6, 2.81) takes the hill, the team feels good about their situation.
Yes, this is an Angels team that has labored in 2022. After their strong start, the wheels fell off. But Ohtani’s presence on the mound and at the plate provides the team with a sense of comfort.
Meanwhile, James Kaprelian (2-5, 4.50) is the probable starter for Oakland in this one. Kaprelian hasn’t been great this season. However, he is capable of shutting down an offense on any given night.
His stuff has the ability to play well when he’s at the top of his game.
With Ohtani on the mound, the Angels are in a good position to win. But anything can happen.
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Oakland Athletics Preview
The Athletics are in the midst of a full-on rebuild. They are used to playing the role of underdog. And upsetting the odds in this one is not out of the question given the Angels’ inconsistency this year.
But the A’s have obviously had their own problems as well.
Oakland is 23rd in team ERA, 24th in home runs allowed, 21st in WHIP, and 19th in batting average against. Offensively, the Athletics are 30th in batting average, 29th in runs scored, 30th in OBP, 29th in slugging, and 25th in home runs.
The mediocre pitching numbers are now a bit deceiving. The A’s traded one of their best pitchers in Frankie Montas ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, so those numbers will likely regress moving forward.
And the offense has been nothing short of abysmal. This is one of the weakest lineups in baseball,
The Athletics are going to need James Kaprelian to step up and go toe to toe with Shohei Ohtani if they want to win this game. The odds of Oakland’s lineup putting up much of a fight against the Angels’ superstar are slim to none.
Los Angeles Angels Preview
The Angels feel confident after earning an impressive 3-1 victory on Tuesday. But they continue to struggle and certainly don’t make for a confident betting pick regardless of opponent.
Despite Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Taylor Ward’s prowess in the lineup this year, their offensive numbers aren’t great. The Angels are 26th in batting average, 27th in OBP, 23rd in slugging percentage, 26th in runs scored, and 14th in home runs.
The lineup was considered a strength entering the season. But injuries and underperformance have changed that narrative in a major way.
Meanwhile, the pitching actually has been their strength, surprisingly.
The Angels are 18th in team ERA, 15th in WHIP, 12th in home runs surrendered, and ninth in batting average against. No, those numbers are not eye-popping. But they are better than expected.
And Shohei Ohtani has been a big reason for their pitching success. Shohei can literally single-handedly lead this team to a win tomorrow. He can help himself out at the plate while spinning a gem on the mound.
On the brightside for Oakland, they have minimal injuries at the moment. Daulton Jefferies, Brent Honeywell, and Delois Garcia are all on the 60-day IL. Other than a few players listed as day-to-day, Oakland is ready to roll.
The Angels have a number of key players injured. Notably, Mike Trout is still dealing with his scary back ailment.
Fortunately, he believes he can return this season. But with the Angels likely out of contention, they will be extremely cautious with their superstar outfielder.
Michael Lorenzen is currently on the 15-day IL with a shoulder strain. Lorenzen was enjoying a fine year prior to the injury.
Archie Bradley, Anthony Rendon, and Matt Duffy are just a few of the players on the 60-day IL.
Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Picks and Predictions
So who wins this game?
Betting against the two-way phenom that is Shohei Ohtani is a risky proposition. But the Halos, despite their struggles, simply have more depth than Oakland overall.
Their lineup is deeper, and their bullpen is stronger. Yes, they are dealing with a number of injuries. But it would be an unlikely upset if the A’s end up winning this ball game.
In the end, look for Ohtani to excel on the mound and for the Angels to earn a second consecutive home win against the Athletics.
Roll with the Los Angeles Angels -1.5 in this Wednesday night ball game.